US Counselor to travel to the Philippines, Viet Nam and Japan
|Counselor Derek Chollet travels to the Philippines, Viet Nam and Japan from March 28 to April 2. (Photo: RFERL)|
"Counselor Chollet will reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Indo-Pacific allies and partners, and engage with key stakeholders on bilateral and regional issues, including efforts to seek a peaceful return to democracy in Myanmar," the state department said in a statement.
In the Philippines, Counselor Chollet will consult on joint efforts to support the rule of law and ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. The Counselor’s visit will reaffirm the unwavering commitment to the US-Philippines Alliance as evident in the Joint Vision for a 21st-Century United States-Philippines Partnership.
While in Manila, he will also discuss US-ASEAN relations and regional issues, according to the statement.
In Viet Nam, Counselor Chollet will meet with senior government officials to affirm the United States-Viet Nam Comprehensive Partnership and the U.S. commitment to ASEAN centrality. The Counselor and his Vietnamese counterparts will also discuss opportunities to further security and economic cooperation.
Finally, the counselor will stop in Japan to meet with senior government officials to discuss Myanmar, Ukraine, and other issues.